Razer Accessories Hands-On at E3 2012


Posted June 14, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

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Razer's mouse offering this year at E3 2012 was the ambidextrous Razer Taipan. The mouse is designed to, "enhance gaming prowess and take out the competition mercilessly." On top of its svelte shape, perfect for any gamer's grip, it's equipped with an 8200dpi 4G dual sensor system so that it can accurately calibrate on any surface and sustain excellent z-axis tracking.

The most impressive thing about the mouse is its z-axis functionality. If you happen to be a gamer that plays with low sensitivity and you pick your mouse up a lot to drag it, you'll love this mouse. It keeps your pointer in the exact location you want it to be in, without jerking your cursor around too much. I can see first-person shooter fans adoring the Taipan.

Additionally, the Taipan's got nine buttons and they're all totally programmable. Plus, the mouse support Razer Synapse 2.0, Razer's cloud software so that you can save your mouse settings and load them up on the go on any computer. This is great for anyone participating in tournaments.

Razer Blackshark

The second major piece Razer was showing off was their recently branded Battlefield 3 "Razer Blackshark", a pair of high-end headphones with some stylish orange trim over the black band. It's a higher-end set, to be sure...a quick ears-on gave us a solid low-frequency response and clarity throughout the upper ranges as well.

The PR rep on-hand implied that the set was inspired by the helicopter sequences within Battlefield, where the character needed to block out the din of the rotors and yet is still able to clearly hear his teammates. The microphone is detachable, as an added bonus. The Blackshark should be retailing for $129.99, and has a release date sometime in July of this year.

Razer Mechwarrior

Finally, Razer had more interesting piece to show off...a prototype MechWarrior controller, though the term "controller" is probably an undersell. The unit consisted of three major pieces: a keypad, a large, touch-screen display, and a joystick. The keypad and joystick could be detached and switched for lefty use. Dubbed the "Razer Artemis", the unit is unfortunately not yet confirmed for actual production...they were using it to gauge reaction. They're in talks to become an official partner, and hopefully they succeed; any core MechWarrior player would love to get their hands on this.

Additional reporting by Jason Wishnov

Razer Accessories Hands-On at E3 2012


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